Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design

Dennis Kim draws at his desk with printed images on the wall he faces

Photo Eric Sucar

Dennis Sungmin Kim, a senior in the Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design program, draws and paints by hand hundreds of illustrations to create his award-winning animated short films.
A V-shaped array of rainbow colored dots on black griddle with a red robotic arm above
What might foods look and taste like—and what might they do to our microbiomes, bodies, and environments—in different futures? How will changing climates around the globe affect methods of food production and consumption?  These are among the questions raised in ‘Designs for Different Futures,’ a major exhibition co-curated by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Orkan Telhan, which is on view this fall at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Three headshots
Three faculty members in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design have received G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards for 2020, in recognition of distinguished teaching and innovation in a classroom, seminar, or studio setting: Sean Burkholder, Sophie Debiasi Hochhäusl, and Willie Udell.
Photo of the Berlin Wall
In A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), Paul Farber, senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space, traces the history of the Berlin Wall as a site of pilgrimage for American activists, writers, and artists. In this excerpt, Farber highlights the work of sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri, whose photographs documented the renovations and social realities of the Wall.
A multi-ethnic group of people seated in a circle conversation.

Photo: CJ Willis/Monument Lab

Paul Farber’s colleagues now joke that he is holding his meetings atop a monument.
"Breakfast Before Extinction" photo by Orkan Telhan

"Breakfast Before Extinction" photo by Orkan Telhan

Interdisciplinary designer and associate professor at the Weitzman School of Design, Orkan Telhan was a consulting curator and commissioned artist for
Web page from newyorker.com showing Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, VA
In the latest issue of The New Yorker, Hua Hsu reports on the beginnings of Monument Lab, the public art and history project led by Ken Lum, Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts, and Paul Farber, senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space.
A man leads a discussion with students in an art studio
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania announced its most recent round of grants, totaling almost $270,000, in support of projects in the arts and humanities. Eleven of the 34 grants awarded were for projects involving the Weitzman School community of students, staff, and faculty. This is the third round of grants from the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, which is supported by an endowed gift from Keith L. and Katherine Sachs.
Zoom window with 6 students and instructor
As faculty across the Weitzman School have adapted their courses for webcams and computer screens this semester, they’ve found new ways to connect with students and make assignments meaningful.
View through doorway to gallery with Postscript lettering on wall to right
What could you do with a 17 by 17 foot white room?
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has appointed artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley the Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professors in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year.
Michelle Lopez, Barricade, 2018

Michelle Lopez, Barricade, 2018, Courtesy the artist and Simon Preston, New York

Opening on September 13, 2019, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) will present the first major institutional exhibition of Philadelphia-based artist Michelle Lopez. The exhibition will be on view at ICA September 13, 2019 through May 10, 2020.